Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two people I am proud to call my fellow Americans. They stand for everything a true American believes in. They believe in the freedom of speech. As Voltaire said “I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say.”
They also believe that everybody in America should be allowed to pursue their dream. Regardless of gender, race, or status of life every person in this great country can seek to become a success. This is one thing that makes America so great.
While Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have had advocated for these constitutional rights, they have come up against a man who does not want to share these liberties. Sheriff Joseph Arpaio is the villain and enemy to Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin wanted to show how Sheriff Joseph Arpaio routinely committed hate crimes against the Latino community. They began by showing how he created his own personal army by deputizing citizens to throw to have a racial bias against Hispanics, Latinos, and Mexicans.
They also showed how Sheriff Joseph Arpaio eliminated every police officer that refused to engage in these racist activities. Then, he gave police officers monetary bonuses if they were able to detain and deprt any illegal immigrant. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund
He was nearly convicted of money laundering because he reported to the Arizona State government that this money he was asking for was in the form of bonuses.
They also revealed the time when Sheriff Joseph Arpaio raided a home and searched for drugs and weapons. However, the family was innocent. No drugs were found on the premises. However, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio believed they were still guilty.
In punishment for their alleged crimes, Sheriff Joseph Arpaio broke the electrical box at the house and set fire inside the walls.
Perhaps the most atrocious things he has done is his treatment of Hispanics in his jail system. He has allowed women to die in labor, allow children to die without seeing a doctor, the in Hispanic men to death, and turn a blind eye to his security guards thinking suicides.
Lacey and Larkin reported all these things only to feel the wrath of Sheriff Joseph Arpaio. Sheriff Joseph Arpaio would break nearly every moral value of police officer should hold when he illegally entered the homes of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
Under the threat of arrest and at the point of a gun he demanded all the evidence for these crimes to be destroyed.
This is clearly in violation of the first amendment. This led to Lacey and Larkin winning a lawsuit against Sheriff Joseph Arpaio. It also was the start of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
This nonprofit seeks to educate America on what is really going on concerning illegal immigrants. By publishing the Front Page Confidential, it is their hope that they will grow compassion in the hearts of the American people.
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